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It was a quiet morning with a clear sky when the orphans were let out. No single wild elephant or former orphans showed up that morning. Namalok settled for a scratching game on the nearby rocks, a game that also attracted Rapa, Kauro, Esampu and Roi. As soon as the orphans had enough lucerne, Maramoja, who has all the characteristics of becoming a future matriarch, rumbled as she walked out southwards. This was a sign of letting everyone know that it was time to head for browsing before it got too hot.

Out in the field, the orphans were joined by Orwa and Bomani who were wondering when the time will come for Laragai and her small group to join them out in the wild so that they might have some company and grow their herd. Galla seized the opportunity to have a strength testing exercise with Bomani. Their game didn't last for long as Orwa warned them by taking too much time playing it would cost them time feeding, and they needed to get enough food to eat.

At mud bath time, the orphans had a spectacular wallowing session and later, Siangiki and Olsekki took their friend Enkikwe to drink water and thereafter escorted him slowly back out to browse. Galla developed an itchy chest and looking around he couldn't find a suitable rock or tree to serve him. He then picked a stick that he used to scratch himself with, and when he was satisfied he went back to browsing. Kauro and Wanjala settled under a tree to relax and when they got bored of standing under the tree, the two boys decided to keep themselves busy by scratching against the tree as they waited for the temperatures to drop. Kamok and Roi, who came together from Nairobi, embraced the spirit of sharing when they teamed up to feed on the same shrub. Maramoja spend time feeding with Esampu as Mundusi always sticks with his friend good friend Mteto. In the evening, four wild bulls in the company of the senior ex-orphans showed up at the stockade and left immediately after having enough water.

Namalok scratching

Rapa and Roi



Mutaraís herd reported shortly up after the orphans were let out. Suguta walked to where Enkikwe was feeding on lucerne and with the use of her trunk, tried to touch Enkikwe's wound to find out how the boys healing process was going. Suguta herself understood the feeling when one is injured since herself has been a victim. Some years ago she was shot by an arrow and received injuries that made her return back to the stockades to nurse the wounds for a six good months. We thought perhaps Suguta was giving Enkikwe hope and wished him a quick recovery. Kauro settled to scratch his buttocks on the wall while Tusuja picked up a piece of stick that he used to scratch his chest with.

While they were browsing, Karisa had a light moment of fun by engaging Namalok in a pushing game. Later, the orphans were joined by few ex-orphans where Tusuja took the opportunity to test his strength by engaging Ololoo in a pushing game. At mud bath time, Lualeni, Sidai, Ololoo, Kitirua, Tumaren, Melia, Kandecha, Chemi Chemi, Kalama, Orwa, Bomani, Kibo and Naisula escorted the juniors for their eleven o'clock milk bottles, and thereafter mud bathed and soil dusted. In the afternoon, the herd settled to browse on the western side of Ithumba Hill, and the ex-orphans parted ways shortly before evening.

Karisa and Namalok

Suguta chekcking on Enkikwe

Orphans feeding on Lucerne


This morning the dependent orphan found Mutarasís group including Suguta, Turkwel, Kainuk, Sities and Kanjoro. Nasalotís herd were also there including Loijuk, Sidai, Zurura, Chyulu, Ishanga, Bongo and Nasalotís baby Nusu, with one wild female in the group too. They stayed for a short time and left. The dependent orphans enjoyed the lucerne after the ex-orphans had gone. Nusu was in a very playful mood but also felt shy with the keepers. Esampu, Kamok and Sapalan were feeding on the Lucerne together.

In the bush Mundusi and Mteto were browsing together while Namalok was separate from others. Later on Mundusi went to communicate with Wanjala and they started browsing. The new three new babies then went to browse with Karisa who they like and remember from the Nursery. Karisa scratched his neck on a nearby stump. The orphans then walked to mud bath for their midday milk bottle.

All the orphans had their bottles and walked straight to the water trough to drink water. Nasalotís herd then arrived and they interacted and wallowed together, before getting out and walking to the dust bath. Wild born baby Nusu was the most playful one on the pile of loose soil, while Zurura and Kasigau were the most playful ones in the water hole. They just love swimming at the moment and playing their pushing games in the water! After the shared dust bath the ex-orphans walked away in separate direction to the dependent orphans who went back out to browse.

Mundusi and Mteto were together the whole of the afternoon, but Esampu seemed to be exploring new friends. Naseku, Wanjala and Karisa were browsing together. While Siangiki and Olsekki as usual stuck together. Wanjala and Karisa are very close friends, and today Tusuja also seemed to be trying to make friends with Wanjala.

In the afternoon the orphans walked back to the stockades for the night. An hour later Laragai, Barsilinga, Kithaka, Lemoyian, Garzi and Sirimon arrived back too and they were shut into their stockade.

Esampu, Kamok and Sapalan feeding on Lucerne


Karisa scratching


Olare and Mutaraís groups were relaxing outside the stockade again when the orphans were let out. Mutara settled to feed on lucerne with the new babies Esampu, Mteto and Mundusi. Mutara appeared to have been giving them some hints about real life outside the stockades. Karisa had a misunderstanding with Wanjala that resulted in strength testing exercise.

Later the quiet Namalok, who is now feeling more settled and interacting more with his friends, had a fun time as he engaged Tusuja in a light strength testing exercise. Olare and Mutaraís groups browsed with the juniors up to eleven o'clock in the morning when it was time for the dependent orphans to head to mud bath for their milk bottles. Esampu led the first group while Maramoja led the second one. The third group was led by Mteto as Pare led the forth group to come in and take their milk in turns. As the younger orphans were feeding, ex-orphans Nasalot, her baby Nusu, Ishanga, Kasigau, Bongo, Sidai, Galana, baby Gawa, Loijuk, Lualeni, Kilabasi, Makireti and three wild boys who looked nervous showed up, but they left shortly after drinking water. They reappeared again later at the stockades in the evening, this time with ten wild elephants with them. The afternoon was chilly and quiet. The orphans in the company of Mutara and Olareís groups settled to browse in the Kone area again, and later in the evening they escorted the dependent orphans back to the stockades.

Maramoja leading




The orphans were lively and at the same time nervous in the morning following the disturbance in the night when three lions passed close to the stockade and roared loudly, sending the orphans into a panic. This morning the orphans settled briefly for lucerne before heading out to browse. On the way, Namalok and Kamok came across suitable rocks that they used to scratch their bellies. A wild herd reported for water at the stockades shortly after the orphans left. It's now starting to dry out and the wild elephants have started doing their own survey to find out if the permanent water holes they have known for years still exist. At around eleven o'clock in the morning, the orphans headed for mud bath where they joined a wild bull that was not so friendly towards the keepers and kept on charging and trumpeting. The weather was chilly and only the wild bull decided to wallow in the water. The orphans had their milk, water and soil dusted before going to browse for the rest of the afternoon. The afternoon was quiet following the chilly weather. In the evening One Tusker, a wild bull, and his friend, showed up at the stockade compound and left shortly later after having enough water. 


Orphans following a wild bull

Two big tuskers




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